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Torte tre leches: the recipe for a soft and creamy Mexican dessert

Torte tre leches: the recipe for a soft and creamy Mexican dessert

The torta three milks is a typical Mexican cake, a kind of wet sponge cake three types of milk: whole, condensed and cream. A creamy, fresh and light dessert, perfect to be consumed in both summer and as dessert after mealbut also a Breakfast o the snack.

It is a ancient sweet: the expression three milks finds ancestors in medieval European cuisine in desserts such as British trifle and rum cake, Italian tiramisu, various Spanish and Portuguese desserts soaked in egg cream. According to chef and gastronomic expert Patricia Quintana, the tres leches was created in Sinaloa, in Mexico. During the twentieth century, the Nestlé brand began to distribute packages of evaporated condensed milk the recipe for tres leches throughout Latin America.

If you liked this preparation, try the conchas recipe, the sweet bread of Mexican cuisine, or that of sweet tacos.

How will I prepare the tre leches cake

Preheat the oven to 190 ° C. Grease a baking sheet with some butter and set it aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt 1.

Separate the egg yolks from the whites and place them in a bowl 2.

Mix ¾ of the sugar dose with the egg yolks 3 until they are well blended.

Pour in 1/3 of the serving of milk 4.

Add the vanilla 5.

Gently pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture 6.

Stir well until the mixture is blended 7.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff 8.

Gently mix the egg whites into the batter 9.

Transfer the dough to the baking sheet 10.

Use a spatula to even out the dough 11.

Cook for 25-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool completely 12.

Once it has cooled, make small holes in the cake 13.

In a bowl, mix whole, condensed milk and cream 14.

Pour the milk mixture over the cooked cake 15.

I put it in the fridge for at least an hour or, better, overnight 16.

Whip the cream and icing sugar until stiff 17 and vanilla.

Spread the mixture on the stuffed cake 18.

Spread the cream mixture evenly 19.

Let it set for 20 minutes, garnish with cinnamon and fresh fruit to taste. Your tre leches cake is ready to be served 20.


You can keep the three leches cake in the fridge, tightly closed in an airtight container, for 2-3 days.

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